Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81243
Authors: 
Bertrand, Olivier
Zitouna, Habib
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IUI Working Paper 647
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the effects of horizontal acquisitions on the performance of target firms in the 1990's. Using French manufacturing firm-level data, we examine two main indicators of performance: the profit and the productive efficieny. We distinguish domestic from cross-in-difference estimation techniques associated to a matching propensity score procedure. We find that M&A do not increase the profit of French target firms. These results suggest that firms probably redistribute efficiency gains at the upstream and/or downstream production stage. There is no evidence of an increase in market power. In addition, the consequences of domestic and cross-border M&A significantly differ. Efficiency gains are stronger for cross-border M&A. This conclusion is however true only for extra-Europan Union operations. The achievement in the European economic integrtion certainly explains the absence of difference between European and domestic acquisitions. Finally, our results cast some doubt on the frequent discrimination attitude towards foreign takeovers and the fears of their impact on firms' performance and the hos country's welfare.
Subjects: 
Multinational Firms
Foreign Direct Investment
Mergers and Acquisitions
Take-Overs
Firms' Performance
JEL: 
F23
L10
L20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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